December 2, 2021
From Vegan Life

Is vegan ice cream healthier?

The vegan frozen dessert is just as tasty as organic dairy ice cream and doesn’t impact your cholesterol levels in the same way. Let’s start by unpacking the key ingredients.

Dairy ice cream is usually made using cow’s milk, eggs, and heavy cream. Vegan ice cream, on the other hand, is made using ingredients that include plant-based produce i.e., coconut milk, cashew milk, almond milk, soya milk, pea protein, and fava bean.

Dairy ice cream gets its richness from the fat in milk and cream. With vegan ice cream, fats from plant-based elements such as almonds, cashews, and coconuts step in to help provide the creamy consistency we expect from this frozen dessert.

The benefits of eating vegan ice cream

Promote healthy cholesterol levels

Since it’s typically made with milk and cream, dairy ice cream contains loads of saturated fat. This type of fat can increase cholesterol levels. Many vegan ice cream options have much less saturated fats than dairy ice cream. As a result, plant-based ice cream is typically healthier.

Preferred choice for those who are lactose intolerant

Your body makes use of an enzyme known as lactase to break down milk. Some people’s bodies produce inadequate amounts of this enzyme. As a result, they can’t digest milk. This is known as lactose intolerance. 30 to 50 million American adults suffer from this condition. Non-dairy ice cream is simpler for the body to digest, and it won’t result in the negative side effects that you have come to expect from dairy ice cream.

Animal friendly

Dairy cows that are commercially raised and live in hard conditions. They live in cramped spaces and are pressured to breed and sacrifice their calves without raising them. Vegan ice cream avoids the need for dairy cows altogether.


Raising and feeding dairy cows produces a lot of waste and environmental damage. Massive resources are used to create feed for the cows. Also, the waste produced by the cows can create unpleasant smells that travel to surrounding communities. Since it carries no dairy products, vegan ice cream has none of this baggage.

Fewer calories

Some brands of vegan ice cream include fewer calories than versions made with dairy products. This can help you maintain your weight. And if you’re looking to lose weight, choosing vegan ice cream as a substitute may provide the caloric deficit you want to drop a few pounds.

Milk alternatives in vegan ice cream

When it boils down to it, ice cream is a creamy treat, and for vegan ice cream to be truly creamy, milk and other animal by-products need to be substituted with ingredients with similar qualities.

The list of possible milk substitutes includes:

  • Banana Puree
  • Berry Puree
  • Oat Milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Cashew Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Avocado
  • Mixed nuts

Vegan ice cream is growing in popularity for so many different reasons, but the bottom line is that it promotes a healthier way of living. Isn’t it time that you tried organic, locally-sourced vegan ice cream?